The YJA Young Sailor of the Year for 2018 is  15-year-old Emily Mueller, (centre) pictured with YJA Yachtsman of the Year joint winners Tracy Edwards and Nikki Henderson collecting the award for winning the Volvo Gill Optimist British National Championship – only the third ever girl to win the national title.

Emily said on winning the award: “It is just such an honour. I never really expected to go this far in sailing; I just did it for fun at first, but now I love the competitive element. It was all such a surprise because I didn’t even know I was nominated. Thank you all so much!”